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Overqualified? What Should You Add And Subtract From Your Resume?

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With the job market saturated with highly qualified candidates who have been laid off from jobs they’ve held for years, it’s no secret that many are now interested in applying for jobs that may fall below their level of expertise.  If you are a candidate who may be overqualified for a job you’re considering, think about making adjustments to your resume to help you get the job.

Subtract “Too-Impressive” Job History and Education

Believe it or not, it’s perfectly acceptable to leave information off of your resume that might be considered too impressive.  For instance, if you have worked as a marketing executive but now want to apply for a job as a human resources manager, you can leave the executive information off, especially since the new and old positions aren’t in the same field.

Same goes for education.  If you have a doctorate, you don’t have to add it to your resume.  You can postpone any discussion about this qualification for your interview where you can take the time to explain why you’re looking for a job that doesn’t require as much of a challenge.

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Resume Tip: Do Not Misspell Your Name

Please for the love of whoever or whatever you believe in or if you just do not want to look like an idiot... do not misspell your own name on a resume.

I mean... really???

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4 Strategies For Strengthening Your Budding Online Reputation

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If you’re new to the world of personal branding, you may think that simply having an online identity boosts your brand.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, having the wrong information posted online could hurt your brand considerably.

Building an online reputation—one you can be proud of—is not always as easy, especially if someone out there has your name and is competing (knowingly or unknowingly) for the number one spot in search engines.  That’s why you need strategies to help strengthen your budding online reputation.

1. Increase your professional volume: One way to strengthen your online reputation is by ensuring that there is more content online about you.  But not just any content; you want professional content.  This can be accomplished by enhancing your relevance.

2. Enhance your relevance: To enhance your relevance means that you not only create online profiles, blogs, and write guest posts that improve your professional presence but also eliminate any unflattering words, photos, or videos of you.  In other words, you want all information posted about you online to be positive and professional.

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Minnesota IT User Group Meetings – Week Of August 15, 2011

The following Minnesota technology events for this week were found on the TECHdotMN (@TECHdotMN) calendar.

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August 16th

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Tips For Asking Someone For A Resume Testimonial

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As the job seeking process becomes more competitive and creative, candidates have to find more ways to stand out from the rest of the pack.  Some job seekers have discovered that adding testimonials to their resumes works wonders in marketing their skills through the words of others.

If you’ve been thinking about incorporating these 1- to 2-sentence testaments to your work ethic into your own resume but have never reached out and asked anyone for one, consider these tips to help you get started:

Contact People Who Will Offer Rave Reviews

When asking for a testimonial, it’s a great idea to request one from a coworker/superior who is not only influential in your current/previous company or industry as a whole but someone who thinks very highly of you as well.

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Why Networking Offline Is Still Crucial For Executives

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We live in a society that values online interactions above face-to-face communication.  This makes it easy for job seekers to handle their job searches and networking right over the Internet.  But as an executive, in-person networking is not a lost art form.  In fact, in many ways it’s still more important than networking online.  Here are a few reasons that this is true…

Communication Flows More Smoothly Face-to-Face

When you’re in the midst of a face-to-face networking lunch with a professional buddy, mentor, or board member, it’s usually easier to fully express yourself this way than when trying to have the same type of meeting online.

Back-and-forth exchanges have always been more authentic when held in person.  But the fact that you don’t have to wait minutes, hours, or even days to hear back from the person you’re communicating with allows you to promptly and succinctly deliver your message every time.

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Job Search Tips: Soapbox Job Search

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"It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech." - Mark Twain

In my last job, there was this one woman who worked for me who always had the 30 minute answer to a 30 second question. Even worse, god forbid you sent an email to her asking a question, her answer would be War and Peace. Not only that, but she would attach spreadsheets as support that were so long and complicated that sometimes they looked like the plans for the Space Shuttle.

Anyway, everybody has something to say, some useful and some not.

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LinkedIn Tips: 5 Reasons Why Branding Your LinkedIn Profile Is Critical To Your Executive Job Search

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There aren’t too many employers that at some point don’t search LinkedIn to see if an executive job candidate has a profile.  This is because LinkedIn provides such an amazing window into a person’s professional life—more so than even a resume.

It’s a given that most employers will look for your LinkedIn page at some point, which means you not only should acquire a profile but begin branding it immediately.  If you’re not convinced, here are some reasons to acquire and brand a LinkedIn page.

1. Executive Recruiters and Employers Can Easily Find You

By developing a strong LinkedIn profile that touts your accolades and brands you as an executive, you are likely to attract recruiters and employers who are looking for your talents and wisdom to contribute to their businesses.  Just don’t forget to label yourself as an executive so seekers will be sure they’ve found the right match.

 

2. You Can Attract Networking Possibilities

Many industry professionals are on the hunt for people with which they can build their networks.  Of course, networking opportunities equal job opportunities.  So take this opportunity to label yourself as a knowledgeable executive in your field by linking out to your industry blog, Twitter account, and any other associations (memberships, etc.) you can mention.

3. Your Credibility Strengthens

As mentioned previously, employers and recruiters are visiting LinkedIn in hopes of finding out more about potential candidates.  If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, your credibility could diminish in the eyes of some employers.  The same goes for having a weakly branded profile.  If you have a profile but don’t show that you are ingrained in the industry and know your stuff, you may as well not have a page at all.

4. Differentiation is Easier

A major goal as an executive job seeker is differentiating yourself from your competition.  With a LinkedIn page, you have the opportunity to strengthen your brand by listing your logo, blogs, and more.  Also, you can showcase your notable recommendations that your competition won’t have.

5. You Can Showcase Your Industry Wisdom

A great way to brand your LinkedIn Profile is by using your status updates to discuss bits and pieces of your industry.  Whether you’re talking about what’s going on in the news or sharing a new publication you’ve been quoted in, this is your chance to update others on your field and career while strengthening your brand.

There are many other reasons to get on LinkedIn and brand your profile.  The more seriously you take the benefits of this site, the better your chances will be of getting noticed while conducting your executive job search.

Author: Jessica Hernandez, expert resume writer, is a nationally-recognized resume authority and former HR Manager who has achieved over a 99% success rate securing interviews with prestigious organizations through exclusive, personal branding strategies.

  
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Resume Tips: Why Branding Your Resume Produces A High ROI

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It has been no secret in advertising and marketing for some time now that you need to know your target audience.  And it really isn’t any different in a job search.  You need to know who you audience is, what their needs are, and how to communicate the benefits of what you offer.

Last autumn I jumped head first into a huge conversion rate optimization project.  I was doing hours of research and work to figure out everything I could about Web site optimization and conversion rates.  One of the most interesting points I discovered was about communicating to your audience the benefits that come with your service, product, etc., or how the person will benefit not just selling the “features”.

I was very intrigued by this notion and how applicable it is to resume development.  As a job seeker, it’s so important to know your audience and to communicate to them the value and benefits an employer will receive from HIRING you.  The benefits they get from hiring you are unlike hiring any other person—you are a rare commodity.  I have news for you—you ARE the only person out there just like you!

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